Superfast Broadband enables staff to work remotely much more easily but can also present managers with new challenges. Last year Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo! ended the company’s long running policy of remote working, claiming it undermined collaboration and communication. Other real, or perceived problems, include:
It’s not long now until Microsoft pulls the plug on support for Windows XP. It’s had a long run – over a decade – and now it’s well past its best. It’s not supported on the latest hardware, and you won’t be able to run the latest versions of productivity tools like Office. You certainly won’t be getting the most from your broadband connection.
Support and security concerns
Broadband boost to South Gloucestershire’s rural economy thanks to major investment in Superfast support
Businesses across South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from a £200,000 investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Superfast Business to help them benefit from new digital technologies enabled by faster broadband.
In my last blog post I wrote “In my next post I’m going to look in much more detail about virtualising your systems and IT infrastructure.” and I’m kind of regretting it. The problem with virtualisation is it’s such a broad church, there are so many aspects to it. I’ll try and keep this blog short and focused on what would benefit smaller businesses rather than looking at some of the more enterprise-type applications of virtualisation.
Connecting to fast broadband changes many things for businesses, including how they buy and use software. Do you really need to run all the servers you have, when they can be hosted in the cloud and managed by your service provider?
The service aims to ensure that businesses not only understand the benefits of the available technologies, and the business case for investing in them, but that they know what they are buying and how to buy and implement it.
To this extent Superfast Business is actually creating a marketplace for technology based on the new opportunities that fibre broadband brings. And being a South West project, it aims to ensure that South West suppliers can benefit.
With broadband speeds and availability improvements currently being carried out in Bath and North East Somerset this is an exciting and positive time for businesses across the South West. The introduction of faster broadband means businesses can embrace the latest technologies, create greater opportunities and improve efficiencies. Superfast Business, a new service launching in the region, offers fully funded support to help businesses do just that.
New Research- Less Business, More Social
A survey that was recently carried out in the US states that a quarter of people don’t want to read comments from brands or companies and 50% of people want to be more social on social media by keeping in touch more with new and old friends and family. With this in mind, we as commercial organisations have to step up our social media strategy to meet the demand for more social and less sales orientated content.
Be Visual, Be Social
With recent winters in the UK bringing with them severe weather in the form of heavy rain and snow, businesses are suffering at the hands of Mother Nature; last year more than half (55%)[i] of UK small firms were impacted financially by extreme weather. Superfast Business is offering a series of workshops to help businesses in the south-west utilise technology to grow their business and stay operational when severe weather is causing disruption to the region’s infrastructure.
The cost of weather-risk